That’s the sound of the last month passing – or this year, come to that!

I can’t believe it’s June already. It’s just so flat-out at work, and being on early shifts has meant I haven’t even had time to read anyone else’s blog, let alone update my own.

So I was pleased to be offered a guest post, written by Tom Channell, on healthy lifestyles. Enjoy!

Life can get crazy sometimes. There are meetings to run to, appointments to attend, deadlines to meet, and obligations to fulfil. This means that life is often chaotic and hectic and that your lifestyle might be a little bit more pressured or stressful than you want. If you want to improve your lifestyle, it only takes a few minor adjustments to how you’re living now. Here are some tangible (and easy) ways to thrive and embrace life to the fullest.

1 – Sleep more;

Not getting enough sleep severely affects your quality of life. If you are feeling exhausted all the time, it’s time to make some adjustments to your sleep patterns. More sleep will give you greater stamina and creativity throughout the day. Studies have even shown that people who regularly sleep longer hours live longer, have lower amounts of stress levels, are at lower risk for depression, and have healthier weights.

2 – Set goals; If you don’t know where you’re headed in life, how will you know how to get there? Setting goals in life shouldn’t be too frightening. Setting goals, no matter how big or small, can be beneficial for you when it comes to making decisions or remembering necessary information. It can also help motivate you when you’re feeling discouraged or uninspired. Setting goals gives you a sense of ownership about your life, even a sense of power, because you know what you want and will make deliberate steps to get it. Then, when you look back at your life and the decisions you made, you will be able to measure success in a new way, with a new perspective.

3 – Be kind; So often in our daily routines, it’s easy to be self-absorbed, looking and focusing only on what we need to do to cross off items on our to-do list, forgetting that there are others around us hurting or in need. So, in short, be kind.  Be grateful and let your thankfulness for your life exude in your words and actions.  Rethink situations in a positive light instead of dwelling on the negative. Kindness, positivity, and benevolence towards the rest of humanity will go a long way in helping improve your own mindset, while also giving your spirit peace and newfound strength.

4 – Take holidays;

Taking regular holidays is hard to do sometimes. They require you to plan, take time off work, and can be an expense. But the importance of holidays is just that: important. Take regular time away from the day to day routines – even if it’s just one day added to the weekend, or a week away every few months.  It doesn’t have to be an exotic, tropical destination  Even taking a break at home for a few days can be helpful – just be sure to avoid regular distractions that might hinder you from completely relaxing.

5 – De-clutter; A good reorganisation or de-cluttering session in your home or office will do a world of good for your life.  Ask yourself what you truly need and go from there. Get rid of unread magazines, books, or newspapers. Clean out your fridge, donate unworn clothes or have a garage sale with the extra items sitting around in your garage or attic. Once you get started on purging excess belongings, you’ll love all the space you will find.

6 – Listen more, talk less; Let’s face it: a person who is continually talking or dominating a conversation can be draining and annoying to be with. Be attentive to how you interact in conversations and consider what ways you can improve in your interactions. Are you interrupting or interjecting your own thoughts, opinions, or stories all the time? Are you distracted, and only listening with your attention divided?  This is frustrating for someone on the other end and making sure that you spend more time listening than talking is important to establishing fruitful relationships. Having solid relationships with others is one way that you can improve your life, but that first starts with you being an active and engaged listener and friend.

Setting out to make positive changes to your lifestyle doesn’t have to be a huge, overwhelming process, in fact, it is quite the opposite. With just a few small changes, you can see enormous measurable results, in your health, your frame of mind, your relationships – and your overall happiness.

I definitely agree about the sleep! And I really like this: “If you don’t know where you’re headed in life, how will you know how to get there?” What do you think of the above?

Article brought by Freedom Health Insurance. 

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4 Responses to Wooooosh!

  1. runningcupcake says:

    I agree with taking holidays 100%! I think they are great for re-charging the batteries and seeing new places.

  2. The last month has just flown by and June seems to be going at the same pace! I love taking holodays for some time out from the rush of work.

  3. I’m hoping someone will let me know when I get there! 😉 De-cluttering is so important. Working on that right now. Hoping to get a lot of things together for a big yard sale at the end of June…if it ever stops Raining! Have a great day! Great post!

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